Top Ten: Signs It’s Almost Summer

If you are a parent of a school-aged child, you will be laughing in just a moment.  If not, tuck this top ten away and pull it out in a few years.  Then, you too, will understand why May is quite frankly the nuttiest month of the year. Without further ado, here’s your…


1.  Hearing my kids say, “Oh, Mom, you’re taking us to school in your pajamas…again?”

2.  Having a too-short night and rolling over in bed, to see the flashing 7:15AM, realizing you only have 15 minutes to get everyone fed breakfast, lunches made and in the car before the bell rings.

3.  The sheer madness of activities.  Concerts, parties, field days, projects, blah, blah, blah. 

4.  The ‘reminder notes’ from the school about the one-million things you must have your child bring in before the end of the year.  And, surely if you forget them, said child will hate you forever because they were the only one in the class who forgot.

5.  Driving past an empty swimming pool when it’s 97 degrees and swearing you can hear it whispering your name, beckoning you to jump in.

6.  Forgetting to wash the kids’ uniforms and praying that the dryer sheet masks the smell – at least until lunch when the kindergartener spills juice on his shirt.

7.  The ‘Wednesday Folder’ looks more like a torn sheet of notebook paper, holding on for dear life.

8.  The note home that says a case of pertussis has been confirmed.  Awesome.

9.  The 2010-2011 school calendar that was emailed last week, you know, so you could plan ahead.  That, and the supply list. 

10.  The shoes, shorts, shirts, socks, belts and everything else related to the school uniform is quite nearly on its last leg.  And then some.

BRING ON SUMMER!  Just 5.5 more days.  I. Can. Do. It.  (Then, of course, come August, I’ll be writing a top ten about why it’s time for school to start back up again…)


  1. Indiana Elephant on May 27, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Great! Here are some more (from the public school set):
    It's 1:30 a.m. and you're up putting together the final set of candies, lotions, stationary, you name it, to thank your children's teachers for keeping your boys alive and on task for way more than 5 minutes.

    There are more Moms from school in the check-out line at Michael's than there are in the carpool lane(see above).

    You're putting your baby to bed fully dressed so you can make the next morning's field day, awards day, special lunch, etc.

    You actually encourage your children to eat the less-than-healthy seconds so their lunch accounts won't have money sitting in them over the summer.

    You watch the bus driver as she pulls away from the curb a little wistfully, knowing she'll soon be kid-free for 10 whole weeks.

    And, finally…

    You're going to the laundromat not because you don't have a washer, but because you haven't been home for more than an hour at one time in the last week and you're not starting summer behind!

  2. Ali on May 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm


  3. Verdina Louisa on May 28, 2010 at 2:26 am

    As a grandmother, I am smiling… remembering those days AND the shock when the kids went away to college.

  4. The Ball's Blog on June 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Kathryn, you never let me down in the funny department. It just proves that my goal is on track: work really hard for the next five year so "I" can be part of the crazy last days of school and the very fun lazy days of summer with my kids!

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